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About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Durham, NC 27705
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
We celebrated a business birthday lunch. The food was fabulous. Stephanie was our waitress, and she did a super job! Our honoree was very, very happy, and she felt very special! We all enjoyed a delicious meal! Thank you for a wonderful experience and a wonderful meal!!!
This was our first visit the the Fairview Dining Room and we were pleasantly surprised. It is not mentioned on Open Table that it is inside the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, so we had a bit of a time finding it. The food was delicious, though the meat was overlooked but they very quickly refired my filet. The most notable, however, was the exceptional service we received from the moment we entered the Inn and from every member of the staff. Thank you for introducing us to a local restaurant that we will now frequent!!
Delicious and relaxing brunch with three generations of family. Good choices for everyone. The staff accommodated a request not on the children's menu. The Sunday brunch features a piano player who entertained us with delightful melodies, but did not overwhelm our conversation. The staff was friendly and very attentive to our needs. There were a wide range of choices for lunch; the food was delicious, from decadent French toast or pancakes, to Florentine eggs Benedict, Norwegian salmon, and salads. The desert table had a wonderful gluten free peach cobbler as well as an assortment of little cakes and treats.
Celebrated our 13th Anniversary on 7-23-17. Kathleen was terrific and the whole staff communicated and interacted with unity. Other members of staff even wished us a Happy Anniversary. Chef was terrific and made our experience memorable. Lighting was romantic, music was subtle & perfect, and terrific ambience. Food was fresh and local. Dessert was delightful. It was if we were the only ones dining. Exceeded all of our expectations. Terrific venue I recommend for others. We dined on a Sunday evening and the attention to detail we were given made for a very special memory. We will be back but next time we plan on spending the night. Kudos to the whole team.
Food was very good. Service was great at the beginning of the dinner and slowed down once more tables were filled. The little extra's the chef provided were quite delicious. The noise level was a bit loud but that has more to do with the people sitting at the tables.
We would go back for a special occasion.
Expecting this to be a high priced restaurant due to the fact its located on the Duke university campus I was hoping for something more than what was received. Atmosphere is upscale. Service is mediocre, the food above average. This is not 5 star. 3.5 maybe.
The restaurant is fairly large and decorated beautifully around the "Duke "Blue" theme. Chairs are a little low but comfortable. The atmosphere is relaxing and dinner moves along at a comfortable pace.
We dined at the restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday and the meals and experience couldn't have been more perfect. I ordered the shrimp, corn and Bacon Chowder and the NC black grouper. My wife ordered the strawberry salad and pan seared Norwegian salmon. Everything was delicious. Our server said the soup has been on the menu 25 years and I can see why. It was served hot and delicious. My wife's salad was crisp and fresh. The salmon was prepared medium as ordered. The NC grouper and polenta was terrific. Our server, Kathleen, was knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive.
My wife was blown away by the quality of the meals, atmosphere and service. I thank the restaurant for the great experience.
Seating was appropriate. Interesting menu. Seemed that other guests included date nights, families, and birthdays. Service was super, kept checking on us. Wife got cool, and they brought her a blanket - which she loved. Live piano player was very good. Will certainly be back!
The food is thoughtfully done and well presented. The value for the three course dinner is outstanding. The customer service is always professional yet personable. We always enjoy our experience at the Fairview. The only reason I gave a four star on the value category is that I feel the wine list is overpriced for the "house wines". I would love to see more value options here.
Really disappointing. I took my husband to Fairview as a birthday dinner and told the hostess and the waitress this was special. We were there on a Tuesday night and it wasn't busy, but our waitress seemed like she couldn't be bothered with us. She left for long periods of time and frequently checked on the only other table on the patio without even speaking to us. She asked if my husband wanted his salad and his soup together, which he did. The soup cake put but no salad, so he asked for it and then she brought it out. All of this pushed back our steaks being brought out and she asked if he wanted it with the salad. So now our steaks are sitting under a heat lamp. It was all overdone since it was sitting out. Then instead of comping dessert, she brought out a dessert after we ordered a similar dessert with a candle on it. Clearly it was an afterthought. I just don't get it. She wasn't particularly friendly but she could have been more responsive. She made what should have been a celebration into an expensive hassle where we both left feeling ignored. We will not return.
We had a delightful experience when I took my mother for a special birthday lunch. Everything was delicious, staff were top-notch, and the piano player played "Happy Birthday" when our waiter brought my mom a special birthday dessert complete with candle: Mom felt like a queen. I can't imagine a nicer destination for a celebration!
Fairview Dining Room is a amazing experience in upscale dining. The location is scenic, historical, elegant, and romantic. I am so grateful to Triangle Restaurant Week for providing an affordable way to experience this priceless, memorable opportunity to enjoy fine dining at its best.
We had a very disappointing lunch last Saturday. Maybe it was because of Restaurant Week but at a place this nice, that should not have happened. First the hostess told us to wait in the room nearby in a shrill tone. Then the servers left us without napkins through half the meal when one member of our party requested dark napkins. Next they forgot to serve a glass of prosecco and last of all, the coffee service came after we finished dessert, and we were poured half a cup. Too many bad things during one meal. Fortunately, the kitchen is dependable and everything we ordered was fine.
We enjoyed a wonderful brunch after my son's high school graduation. Service is always gracious. Kids love the all you care to eat desert bar. The shrimp and grits were outstanding. Other members of our party enjoyed the eggs benedict, the french toast, and the waffles with fried chicken! With beverage, starter, entree, and endless desert covered in one price, this is our favorite brunch location. Live piano music is very pleasant.
We visited Fairview as part of the Triangle Restaurant week. We sat outside on the patio on a perfect weather day. The food was amazing. Service was outstanding. The only thing I would recommend is better signs for the restaurant. We asked two people since the restaurant is not obviously located. No problem though. Everyone was extremely helpful but I bet they get the question quite often...where is the Fairview?
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